At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy by Kim Peter Kovac

At its best, TYA creates a welcoming place for all young people, especially those who think of themselves as “the other.” It’s a place where our children and young people can see performances with characters (and actors) who look like them, talk like them, pray (or not pray) like them; live in families (non-traditional or traditional) like theirs; are immigrants like them; love like them; use pronouns as they do; are on spectrums like theirs; and who use sign language, wheelchairs, and white canes as they do. All of this exists in performances created by artists from the same bright mosaic of differentness.

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